Canon set to leap-frog the industry with 8k video and 120mp DSLR?

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We’ve been complaining about Canon not keeping up, is this called ‘leap frogging’?

On top of yesterday’s post on the ‘gargantuan 250mp sensor,’ Canon is pushing all buttons now leading up to the Canon Expo that begins Thursday.

Announcing they’re working on an 8k Cinema EOS camera, an 8k pro monitor, and a 120mp DSLR (note they specifically mention ‘still-image’ here meaning it won’t be an 8k video DSLR).

This is a significant set of announcements, but unfortunately there isn’t a timeframe mentioned either.

I do note too that they mention lenses! Yesterday’s article on the 250mp sensor I wondered about how lenses would keep up and we’re getting a bit of info at least (see notes at bottom of announcement).

Of course, there will be debate about the need for 120mp photos, but they obviously believe there’s a certain segment of the market that needs this kind of resolution. Not for the everyday Joe like you and me, but someone out there needs it.

I’m sure we’ll hear more about these at the Expo starting Thursday! Hugh Brownstone will be there covering it for planet5D.

Canon Developing 8K Cinema EOS Camera, 120mp DSLR & 8K Display


Via Canon Rumors:

It looks like the return of the EOS-1DS is on the way, with the announcement that they’re developing a 120mp high pixel density sensor camera. What is probably the replacement for the Cinema EOS C500 is also mentioned in the development announcement. This camera will likely be Canon’s direct competition with ARRI. (Note that the images in the article are for illustrative purposes only)

TOKYO, September 8, 2015—Canon Inc. announced today that it is developing a Cinema EOS System 8K camera and professional-use 8K reference display that will support the production of next-generation 8K video content, along with a still-image single-lens reflex camera equipped with a CMOS sensor featuring approximately 120 million effective pixels. Through the Company’s proprietary imaging technologies, Canon provides still and video input and output devices that will contribute to the development of imaging culture.

Canon, as a leading company in the field of imaging technology, conducts research and development into devices designed to support cinema and video production with the aim of expanding the boundaries of visual expression. Through the further enhancement of the Cinema EOS System 8K camera and professional-use 8K reference display under development, Canon aims to contribute to smooth production workflows, facilitating not only the input and output of 8K video content, but also such processes as 8K to 4K down-conversion and 4K cropping.

The Cinema EOS System 8K camera being developed will be equipped with a Canon Super 35 mm-equivalent CMOS sensor that makes possible high-resolution 8,192 x 4,320 pixel (approximately 35.39 million effective pixels) imaging performance even at a frame rate of 60 frames per second with 13 stops1 of dynamic range and a richly expressive wide color gamut. Additionally, featuring a body size that realizes outstanding mobility and a design that delivers high levels of operability, along with an EF mount that offers compatibility with Canon’s extensive interchangeable EF lens lineup,2 the camera will support diverse shooting styles and means of visual expression.

Incorporating Canon image-processing technology, the ultra-high-resolution 8K reference display currently under development will achieve high brightness, high contrast (high dynamic range) and a wide color gamut. Additionally, with a pixel density exceeding 300 pixels per inch, a level approaching the limit of human visibility, the display will make possible ultra-realistic imaging that enables the reproduction of subtle changes in light that were previously not possible. Furthermore, when used in combination with the Cinema EOS System 8K camera, the display will be capable of conveying truly impressive levels of visual expression.

Featuring a resolution of approximately 120 effective megapixels, the SLR camera now being developed will incorporate a Canon-developed high-pixel-density CMOS sensor within the current EOS-series platform, which will realize compatibility with the Company’s diverse interchangeable EF lens lineup.3 The high-resolution images that the camera will be capable of producing will recreate the three-dimensional texture, feel and presence of subjects, making them appear as if they are really before one’s eyes. The camera will facilitate a level of resolution that is more than sufficient for enlarged poster-sized printout while also enabling images to be cropped and trimmed without sacrificing image resolution and clarity.

  • 1. A stop is a unit of measurement used to express dynamic range, which refers to the difference between the brightest and darkest areas of an image that can be simultaneously captured.
  • 2. Out of the 96 lenses that make up the EF lens lineup, 78 models (60 EF lenses and 18 EF Cinema Lenses) will be compatible with the 8K camera under development.
  • 3. Out of the 96 lenses that make up the EF lens lineup, 60 models will be compatible with the SLR camera under development.

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Source: Canon

(cover photo credit: snap from Canon Rumors)

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